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Full Show: Kavanaugh Vote and the Election, and Women In Houston History (Oct. 5, 2018)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: We discuss what possible impact Brett Kavanaugh's nomination could have on the November election. We learn about influential women in Houston history. We break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week's news. And we learn about a book chronicling Houston’s rap scene.

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Fighting Sexual Exploitation, and Houston’s Musical History: Thursday’s Show (September 29, 2016)

Posted on · Beginning Thursday (Sept. 29, 2016), the National Center on Sexual Exploitation is holding a three-day summit in Houston covering efforts to combat sexual exploitation in several forms: pornography, sex trafficking, sexual violence, child abuse and objectification. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about the summit – and efforts to combat sexual exploitation in […]

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What Is Houston’s One True Nickname?

Posted on · Houston sure has a lot of nicknames. There is something inherently cool about a city that isn’t just one thing. Our city’s many nicknames reflect Houston’s connections to climate (the “Bayou City”), culture (“H-town”), industry (“Space City”) — even our openness a decade ago in taking in Hurricane Katrina evacuees (“The Big Heart”). Classy. We discuss the history and […]

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No-Tsu-Oh: Bringing Back Houston’s Version of Mardi Gras

Posted on · Everyone’s knows New Orleans is famous for Mardi Gras. But did you know Houston once had a week-long celebration on-par? It was called No-Tsu-Oh — that’s Houston spelled backwards – and from 1899 to 1915, the celebration brought a carnival atmosphere to much of the city. Well, the group Houston Arts and Media is trying to […]

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Conference Focuses on Houston History in the 1860s

Posted on · If you have a historian’s imagination, if you look around our city and wonder what life was like for its inhabitants decades or centuries before, an upcoming conference presented by the Houston History Alliance might pique your interest. With a theme of “On the Cusp of War: Houston in the 1860s,” the one-day conference encourages […]

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Houston Graffiti Culture: Not Just Vandalism Anymore

Posted on · One day, University of Houston student Nimra Haroon noticed the wild colors and designs on the walls of some Houston buildings, and — as a history student — she decided to learn more about the history of Houston graffiti. So she rode along with four of the city’s most iconic artists. Haroon then wrote about the experience in […]

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Murder & Mayhem in Houston: Book Tells of Forgotten Bayou City Crimes

Posted on · Many of us are familiar with some of the most notorious crimes in Houston history, especially those in the last couple decades. But not every case has a book written about it or a movie made – or some have simply faded from memory over time. And those are the stories John Nova Lomax and […]

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Modern Dance Project Pays Homage to the History of the Houston Ship Channel

Posted on · We learn about a new modern dance production that pays homage to the role of the Houston Ship Channel in the history of both Texas and Houston. The piece, called “Channel/1836,” is by Karen Stokes Dance and combines film of dancers performing around the ship channel with a live stage performance. The performance is Sept. 30 through […]

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Houston’s Forgotten History

Posted on · We consider our history in Houston. The Houston History Book Fair and Symposium will take place next month. Some two dozen authors will talk about their work and share some intriguing and perhaps lesser known aspects of Houston’s history. To learn more about some lesser-appreciated aspects of Houston’s past, we were joined by three guests, […]